Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these…you did it to Me.
“Cough, cough…cough!” “Mama, do we have more tissues?” Mary Rose called from her bed. “I need to blow my nose again.” Mama came in and brought the tissues along with a glass of apple juice and a straw for Mary Rose. As she leaned over to set the glass down she felt of her forehead. “M-m-m pretty warm. I think I better take your temperature.” Mary Rose looked and felt sick and laid very still as Mama checked her temperature. Her whole body ached. It was flu season. Even though she had blankets over her she still seemed cold and shivered from time to time. Yup. Just as her mother thought. A fever. “102.4” Mama said. “I’m afraid you aren’t going anywhere for the next few days except to see the Doctor.” It was the weekend and Mary Rose and her parents were not able to go to Bible class or worship. She would have had perfect attendance if she’d not gotten sick. “Oh-h-h.” She moaned and turned over. It was awful being sick and missing out. The next day in Bible class everyone was looking and waiting for Mary Rose to get there but their teacher informed them that her mother had called the night before and said Mary Rose was sick and would not be joining them. Toward the end of class the teacher reached for the special basket on the shelf. It was filled with special cards for those who are sick or missed Bible class for some reason or another. “OK, she said, “It’s time to write a couple notes of encouragement inside these cards to those who weren’t able to be with us today. We know Mary Rose is sick but Zander is on vacation so we will be writing 2 different kinds of notes today.” The teacher wrote the names of the 2 students on the board and also wrote suggestions of what to say as each student wrote their messages. Please let Mary Rose know she was missed and that we prayed she feels better soon. Then let Zander know he was also missed and we prayed for his vacation to be fun and safe. We are looking forward to seeing both of them soon! (Weeks before their teacher had a card making day so those who were sick or away would have a special card sent to them made from their Bible class.)
Mary Rose went to see the Doctor on Monday. “Ahchoo!” she sneezed. The Doctor listened to her lungs and said she needed to take some medicine to help her get better and also drink lots of water and juice and let her body rest for a couple more days. She should be feeling better before long. On Tuesday when Mary Rose was feeling a little better but still wasn’t completely well, Mama came in with an envelope addressed with the name Miss Mary Rose and handed it to her. Her eyes shone. Oh how wonderful! What a special thing! A card in the mail! She sat up and carefully but hurriedly opened the envelope. Mary Rose was excited to learn it was from her Bible class! “They each wrote me a note!” she exclaimed to her mother. “I also got the papers from our Bible lesson!” After reading what her classmates had written, she placed the card on her bookshelf. It made her feel better just to look at it. Ruthie had made a folded paper flower for her. It was orange. Mary Rose was happy to have been thought of and that it was shown to her in such a special way. Smiling, she told her mother “They prayed for me to get better.” Mama came in and sat next to her on the bed. “They love you Mary Rose, and so do I.” It wasn’t long and Mary Rose had her Bible out and was reading the lesson she had missed on Sunday and was beginning to fill out her lesson papers. I’m going to take these to Bible class this next week! Her mother brought her a few thank you cards to choose from. Maybe you should write your class a thank you note to let them know just how happy you were to be thought of.
Mary Rose agreed.
To my Sister Bible class teachers,
It’s these “little things” that leave such an impression on our students. To let these young ones know how special they are and that they were missed at Bible class for whatever reason! A card, email, balloon, paper flowers, or even a call to them helps communicate good things. I can just imagine one of our students being excited like Mary Rose to get a card in the mail.
This is our little mission field. Let’s take advantage of every opportunity!
This month’s featured visual aids are images and sayings for you to have a card making day with your students! (Or you can make them for your class.)
The cards are meant to be made on an 8 ½ x 11 sheet of card stock to be folded in half. This way there is plenty of room for the students to write a note and sign their name.
I have included an envelope that fits this size of card.
Let me know how your cards turn out and if your students enjoyed making the cards!
Click here for more ways to make envelopes!
My prayers and encouragement are with you.
Serving in Christ,